A Recruitment Crisis in Agriculture? A Reply to Heike Fischer and Rob J.F. Burton's Understanding Farm Succession as Socially Constructed Endogenous Cycles

Chiswell, Hannah Marie and Lobley, Matt (2015) A Recruitment Crisis in Agriculture? A Reply to Heike Fischer and Rob J.F. Burton's Understanding Farm Succession as Socially Constructed Endogenous Cycles. Sociologia Ruralis, 55 (2). pp. 150-154. ISSN 0038-0199

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Abstract

This short article responds to Fischer and Burton's article, ‘Understanding farm succession as socially constructed endogenous cycles’, featured in the last issue of Sociologia Ruralis. Broadly the article commends the concept of ‘socially constructed endogenous cycles’ as a way of conceptualising successor creation, but challenges some of Fischer and Burton's claims, with the aim of stimulating further discussion and research into intergenerational farm transfer. Drawing on a range of empirical research, the article explores the reality of the ‘recruitment crisis’ that Fischer and Burton suggest is occurring, and subsequently asks, is there an optimum level of familial succession? The article continues by exploring some of the other claims made by Fischer and Burton, including the impact of mechanisation on farm children's involvement in farm work, and challenges their suggestion that farmers are currently marginalised in society.

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Article Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Chiswell, Hannah Marie and Lobley, Matt (2015) A Recruitment Crisis in Agriculture? A Reply to Heike Fischer and Rob J.F. Burton's Understanding Farm Succession as Socially Constructed Endogenous Cycles. Sociologia Ruralis, 55 (2). pp. 150-154., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/soru.12071. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Succession; Intergenerational farm transfer; Farming; agriculture
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Hannah Chiswell
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 16:09
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 06:07
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/4827

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